Day: October 14, 2017

Folkestone Optimist Ladies 3rd XI vs K Sports Ladies 1st XI

K Sports travelled to Folkstone this weekend for a late afternoon game. Kobs were ready to battle hard to look for an improvement on the score line from the previous week. K Sports found themselves under the pressure of the Folkstone forward line soon into the first half but were able to intercept the balls and close down the oppositions attempts at progressing towards goal. The K Sports defensive line of Frampton, Wyatt and Ayres, stood strong and were guided by keeper Nichols to keep the ball out of the danger zone.

As the first half began to come to an end, the ball was cleared from Becki Austin out from the top of the defensive D, and found its way up the pitch into the attacking play; K Sports pressed the attacking D and Kerry Fowler found herself with the ball on the perimeter of the D, where she passed the ball to Sharon McAllan, who professionally found Jo Fowler in front of the goal. The Folkstone’s goalies quick reactions blocked J.Fowlers initial shot, but Fowler found her composure, and was able to slot the rebounded ball past the goalkeeper and into the goal. 1 nil to Kobs.

As the second half started, it was obvious that Folkstone were determined to find the equaliser, however K Sports were just as determined to protect their lead. J.Fowler found herself supporting the defensive line and the midfield which consisted of Swinson, Wood and Percival worked hard to continue the game play throughout the pitch. Youngster Shona McAllan continued to battle hard to win the ball back and send it back into K Sports attacking D. Kobs demonstrated their team determination in protecting the ball and ensuring the game stayed in our favour and the game ended in a 1-0 victory.

It is with no doubt that the whole team worked extremely hard this weekend, and were deserving of their three points!

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K Sports Men’s 3rd XI vs Burnt Ash (Bexley) Men’s 7th XI

The game was reasonably balanced for the first 15 minutes or so, but thereafter K Sports took control with some fine passing movements from midfield through to attack. The forward line of Stubley (joint man of the match), Ward (rolling back the years) and O’Shea jnr, created havoc in the Burnt Ash defence. The forwards were backed up by an impressive midfield of Gower, Newmarch, Smith and Starling (joint man of the match).

Some of the hockey the home side produced was stunningly simple but highly effective and ripped apart the Ash midfield and defence and to be honest it was no surprise K Sports ran out 3-0 winners.

A strong team performance with the best part of it being able to watch the development of the younger players.

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K Sports Men’s 1st XI vs Old Bordenian Men’s 3rd XI

After last week’s gruelling battle, K Sports were keen to return to the slick passing game against Old Bordenians. It would be the away team who started the brightest, when they broke down an attack and quickly moved the ball down to the K sports defence and slotted the ball into the home goal.

This kicked K Sports into gear and they then took control of the game and the lions share of the possession and created a lot of chances. The Old Bordenians defence was up to the task and thwarted K Sports attacks.

K Sports won a string of short corners which were saved by the Old Bordenians Keeper. Until a well struck short corner shot was saved by the Keeper, only for the ball to drop in front of Neil Mitchell, who slotted the ball home to get the scores level at half time.

In the second half K sports again applied the pressure to the away team, but every attack was met with a good save by the Old Bordenians Keeper. This enabled them to get a quick breakaway and the game became an end to end affair. Old Bordenains Secured the 3 points for the game with another breakaway goal.

Man of the Match Mark O’Brian played a fantastic game in defence.
Next week we travel to Blackheath with a 1300 pushback, supporters welcome.

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K Sports Ladies 2nd XI vs Gillingham Anchorians Ladies 3rd Xl

This week the Ladies 2nd XI met top of the league Gillingham Anchorians 3rd XI, who were unbeaten to date. Skipper Kat Lichfield anticipated that this would be a challenging game, with Gillingham unwilling to relinquish their winning run. However, it was a match played in great spirit and one which was close to seeing both teams share the points.

There were some great performances permeating throughout the home side starting with Sarah Wheal, who was playing her first game of the season, and was given the challenge of using her excellent channelling skills to slow down the opposition when they encroached down the left side. She showed her usual tenacity, but also received some excellent passes as well as intercepting high up the field helping to create space for others.

Wheal was given great support by Kayleigh Smith, Clare Ayres and Lex Maritz, who never stopped running both in support of the front players and the defenders behind her. Sharon Turville linked up well with the attacking midfield, and distributed the ball wide to her wingers, Kayleigh Smith and new player Caitlin Banstead. Both Smith and Banstead held their positions throughout the match, but they had to work hard to break down Gillingham’s experienced back line. Banstead linked up well with Mandy Toombs, and there were occasions when they looked as if they might give the Anchorians defenders the slip with some intelligent calling from Toombs.

Banstead made some impressive charges out on the right, and at times was fed some great balls from the 2’s other new player, Morgan Payne. Jen Divall made some searching passes from the back and threw in a few aerials for good measure, with one of them going over several Anchorian heads and finding Sharon Turville in their 23.

Clare Ayres, Fi Percival and Sharon McAllan had a fine game at the back and in midfield, rolling on/off for each other so seamlessly that their team mates barely noticed the changes happening. In addition Morgan Payne demonstrated great tenacity relentlessly hassling, intercepting, blocking and thwarting the attempts of Gillingham’s forwards and thus frustrating many of their attempts to enter K Sports circle and get their strike away.

However the greatest plaudits were to be given to player of the match, Lorraine Mullaly. There were times when she had to use her acrobatic skills, kung-fu kicking one ball away from the goal. Another was being watched off the pitch when it tapped the post back into play. An Anchorians attacker was on it, but not as quickly as Mullaly, who toed it out of play.

But her final save was one that will probably be the save of the season. Gillingham’s very experienced centre forward found herself on the penalty spot, and took the opportunity to roof the ball into the net. Mullaly instantly read her intention and leapt in the air getting her right hand on top of the ball, and with complete composure brought it forcefully to the ground and immediately kicked the ball out of play. This earned Mullaly praise from everybody in the circle including the player who had tried to score.

The single goal was scored half way through the second half by Anchorians. Lichfield had the first striker marked out, with Mullaly blocking another forward, but it fell to a loose player running into the right who wasted no time with scoring what was to prove to be the winning goal.

In spite of not taking away any points the ladies were encouraged by their performance against a strong side and hope this will bode well for next week’s game at home against Meopham.

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